Top Attractions In Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state in India. In the seventeenth century the Mughal emperor Jahangir set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir. He said that if paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here, while living in a houseboat on Dal Lake. "Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast." If there is ever a heaven on earth, its here, its here, its here. In Jammu and Kashmir the most important tourist places are Kashmir, Srinagar, the Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Jammu, and Ladakh. Some areas require a special permit for non-Indians to visit. here we list out the top tourist attracyions in kashmir for you .

1Kashmir
Kashmirflickr/BOMBMAN

Kashmir was once called Heaven on Earth, and once of the most beautiful places in the world. However, in last couple of decades, terrorism has faded its charm - A place home to Himalayan Ranges.

2Shalimar Bagh

Shalimar Bagh is one of the Mughal Gardens that was commissioned by then Mughal Rulers who visited Kashmir during summers. The garden is located on the banks of the Dal Lake, which is connected to the water body through a canal. Shalimar Bagh also holds other names like Shalamar Bagh, Faiz Baksh and Farah Baksh. There is another Mughal garden in the neighborhood, Nishat Bagh. Both the gardens add to the beauty and charm of Dal Lake.

3Dal Lake

Dal Lake is located in Srinagar in the northern state of India, Jammu and Kashmir also known as the crown of the country. Being the second largest lake, Dal Lake is the chief tourist spots in Kashmir. The main attraction at the lake is the water plant harvesting and the house boats and the floating gardens with a variety of flowers planted.

4Nishat Bagh

Nishat Bagh is the second largest floating garden of the valley that was built by the Mughals, and is positioned to the east of Dal Lake.Nishat Bagh also known as the ‘Garden of Pleasure’ was built in 1633 by Noor Jehan’s elder brother, Asif Khan. Towards the west of the lake is the Pir Panjal mountain range adding beauty, while the Zabarwan Mountains form the backdrop for the gardens. Asif Khan was the father in law of the famous Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan.

5Wular Lake
Wular Lake In Kashmirflickr/Jarjan

Wular Lake is situated in the Baramulla district of Srinagar, located 40kms away towards the northwest from Srinagar. ‘Wular’ Lake is also spelt as ‘Wullar’.Wular Lake is the largest fresh water lake in India and one of the largest in Asia. The lake is calm and has got a continuous inflow from the River Jhelum.It spreads over a vast area; however the area of the lake is not consistent throughout the year. With respect to seasons the size varies from 30 Sq. Km to 260 Sq. Km. People consider this location to be a perfect picnic spot and a wonderful place to go boating.

6Hazratbal Shrine

Hazratbal Shrine is erected in this city of snow capped mountains and Muslims consider it as the holiest shrine in Kashmir. The Shrine is positioned on the banks of Dal Lake. It is believed to possess a hair of Muhammed the Prophet, who preached Islam extensively, way back in history. This sacred hair is known as Moi-e-Muqqadas. The name as it defines is a combination of Arabic and Kashmiri together meaning “Majestic Place”. Assar-e-Sharief, Madinat-us-Sani, Dargah Sharif are the names that are used to refer this shrine.

7Jamia Masjid

Srinagar has two significant prayer edifice; one the Hazratbal Shrine and other Jamia Masjid. Jamia Masjid is known to be the biggest mosque in Srinagar.The Jamia Masjid is positioned in the middle of the Old City, in a place called Nowhatta. The construction of the mosque dates back to the fifteenth century. This is a very significant Islam structure in Srinagar and is considered very important. The Mosque was erected by Sultan Sikandar. However he just got the initial plan constructed, later additions to the architecture was made.

More great destinations can be found in the Explore India page.

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